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Santa Clara University, September 17, 2007, Vol. 8, No. 1

SCU Scores high marks in US News rankings

Additional highlights from the U.S. News rankings include:

  • SCU had the highest average freshman retention rate—93 percent—of master’s universities in the West. (The freshman retention rate reflects the percentage of freshmen who enroll in their sophomore year.)
  • SCU had the second-highest peer assessment score—4.0—of master’s universities in the West.
  • SCU’s school of engineering is No. 20 among the top 150 engineering schools in the country that focus on undergraduate and master’s engineering programs.
  • A section titled “Programs to Look For” highlighted SCU’s learning and residential communities where students in residence halls take some courses as a group to get to know one another and their professors better.
  • Of master’s universities in the West, SCU was also listed among the top 15 in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category.

The magazine’s rankings relied on: academic reputation, graduation rates, class size, percent of full-time faculty, student/faculty ratios, retention of students, student test scores and grades, student selectivity, financial resource, and alumni giving. The “Best Colleges” rankings are on the U.S. News Web site,